The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights presents a multicultural and interreligious three-day workshop on informed consent and clinical research. Being part of the i-Consent consortium, a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the ethical reflection of the workshop will focus on the pluralistic, multicultural and interdisciplinary discussion regarding the ethical requirements of informed consent applied to translational/clinical research and vaccination.
International Experts on the field will discuss:
1. How much of the notion of informed consent is applied in different
cultural and religious traditions? And in which way?
2. Can or should we have different informed consent forms for
differently vulnerable populations?
3. Do all traditions agree with the general principles behind informed
consent (i.e. the prioritization of individual autonomy)? If not, what
alternative values/approach could support widespread
Prof. Mirko D. Garasic, UNESCO Chair Research Scholar, published in AJOB Neuroscience:
Why HEAVEN Is Not About Saving Lives at All
“Life extension is one of the main goals of Posthumanism and—though camouflaged as a therapeutic operation—HEAVEN could be the Trojan horse through which it would become acceptable to keep on “staying alive” by changing bodies to our heads (assuming, for the sake of argument, that our identity resides only in the latter). This overlooked scenario makes the operation even more controversial.”
In line with one of the areas of interest of the UNESCO Chair Neurobioethics and the Neurobioethics Reserach Group, led by UNESCO Chair fellow Fr. Alberto Carrara, L.C., Prof. Garasic’s article focuses on some of the key features of the Posthuman ideology in relation to life extension “through all the available biotechnologies [which] would include becoming stronger, becoming smarter, and, of course, living longer— or forever.”
The UNESCO Chair first concern is to cooperate towards the realization of workshops and publications regarding contemporary debates on Transhumanism, Posthumanism, Neurobioethics, Neuroscience, Human Rights, and Bioethics. The Chair persists with its experience in fostering the art of convergence and cooperation in global ethics gathering scholars and experts to promote dialogue and the dissemination of bioethical principles. Click on the link to read about Prof. Mirko Garasic participation to the workshop Ethics and Technology: Some Issues held in Hamburg on November the 15th.